The San Jose Mercury reported today that a Federal Court judge in San Jose has ruled that the ageism case against HP can move forward. I explored this case before recently signing off on my WFR (which converted to EER), but figured the likelihood of coming out better than the HP severance package was slim. Question, if the plaintiffs win the case, is there a chance that HP would be liable to pay out damages to a broader group beyond those specifically trying the case? My situation was as good as any (and I am sure for many of you too) that the plaintiffs brought forth.
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They want cheaper workers.
This has been the case at HP and most of Corporate America for a long time.
Some of the CW contractors are not being renewed. As their yearly contracts come to a close they disappear from the org charts. One guy I know just ended his contract and he was here for 3 years.
Just got notified today of WFR. I'm a field engineer in Colorado. 60 years old.
I was WFRd from HPInc on 6/19. I'm an older person. Everyone agreed it was my age and level of experience that was targeted. Plenty of younger less skilled workers in the same location were not let go. My cost was probably the main thing. They want cheaper workers.
Your ability to participate in a lawsuit will depend on whether you signed the separation agreement and received the severance. Former employees who are participating in the current lawsuit didn't sign it and did not receive a severance so they never agreed to not sue. Employees who did sign it received a small amount in a separate settlement that has already been resolved.
I hope these former employees win. Management has been using older workers as an excuse for their poor decision making and lack of a consistent strategy for years.
It depends on the type of case. If it is a class action case then you might be included in the outcome of it. If it is not, then you would have to sue independently but if the ageism case wins for the employees then you would have a precedent to win your case.